On the hunt for a moodier gray? Sherwin Williams Analytical Gray might be right for you. Find out if this darker hue will work well in your space with my full color review.
What undertone does Analytical Gray have?
Analytical Gray is a gray with green undertones.
All gray paint colors have undertones; you’re dealing with green, blue or purple and sometimes, grays have a combination of these undertones.
I say this just so after reading the fact that Analytical Gray has green undertones, you start searching for a gray that’s free of undertones.
Now that you know there’s no such thing as an undertone-free gray, a gray with an undertone of green is the most neutral of a gray you can get and typically is less fussy to work with than other undertones!
Undertones are very important when choosing a paint color to complement your space and I’ll explain this in more detail below!
Is Sherwin Williams Analytical Gray warm or cool?
Analytical Gray is a warm paint color with green undertones. Paired next to other grays with green undertones, Analytical Gray is definitely darker and much warmer.
Tips for deciding if Analytical Gray is right for your project
Don’t overlook these three tips before deciding on this darker gray hue.
Observe the undertones in your home
Ultimately, you’ll choose Analytical Gray if it matches well with your furniture and fixed elements. To make the call, go around your space. Observe the undertones in your furniture and elements like floors, countertops, cabinets, etc. Essentially, anything that can’t be easily changed out needs to be taken into account.
Analytical Gray is a warm color with green undertones, so it must be paired with furniture and finishes that are complementary. Don’t go pairing this color with a couch that has a blue undertone or marble countertops (blue undertone).
Below is a great real world example of choosing the right color to complement the space:
When paired with warmer tones like off white, brown and warm woods, Analytical Gray looks simply amazing.
Evaluate the color with your lighting
Analytical Gray is a dark color; in fact, it’s one of the darkest grays. In a room with very little light (natural or artificial) Analytical Gray is going to come across as very, very dark. In a room with more natural light, Analytical Gray will hold its own. Make sure you test this color on the walls as you observe the color throughout the day.
Test out the color
In the below picture I show you exactly how to test out your color sample. Don’t just slap this color on the wall right on top of whatever color is currently on there. No, no no! Instead, get a white poster board and order those peel and stick samples.
Alternatively, you can get samples and paint a large square on white poster board, leaving a white boarder around all sides. Going about testing color this way allows you to see the color for what it really is without the other color conflicting it.
I’d also recommend testing out other colors in the gray family so that you can compare and observe the undertones for yourself.
Analytical Gray vs. Agreeable Gray
Analytical Gray and Agreeable Gray are both grays with green undertones; however, as you can see, Agreeable Gray is considerably lighter than Analytical Gray.
To really know which color provides the right depth for your space, you’ll need to evaluate these colors in your home as I showed you above. It may be that you’re going for drama and you have entirely too much natural light to pull that off with Agreeable Gray, so you’ll need to go with Analytical Gray.
Testing the colors out and observing with the light in your home will point you in the right direction.
Never go by what colors look like in other people’s home–I can promise you that the lighting and fixed elements are different in your home and just going off of what the color looks like online or in a friend’s home will leave you less than thrilled!
Analytical Gray color scheme
Iron Mountain–If you need a very dramatic color to pair with Analytical Gray, check out Iron Mountain.
Agreeable Gray–a much lighter gray tone, Agreeable Gray shares the same undertone as Analytical Gray and looks great when paired with the darker color.
White Dove– I love pairing Analytical Gray with a warmer white, and in this case, White Dove is the perfect off-white to pair with this moody hue.
If you like the idea of a gray with green undertones but aren’t quite ready to commit to it, check out some of my other ideas for greyish green colors.